In the 3 weeks since I first confessed my love for my new Proenza Schouler shorts, my adoration for them has not waned. In fact, here I am again, sporting the same green shorts, still happy as a clam over one of my favourite acquisitions this sale season. Surely this must be a style blogging faux pas: not only repeating a piece (the shock!) but doing it two outfit posts in a row (the horror!).
I’ll even let you in on a little secret: I’ve worn these shorts way more than twice in the last 3 weeks. And, I love them so much that I even have a black pair on their way to me – true story. I have grand plans to wear both pairs until they’re threadbare, too. So consider yourself warned: if you’re not a fan of high-waisted green (or black!) shorts, I may be assaulting your computer screen with them quite a bit this summer.
Joe Fresh blouse / Proenza Schouler shorts / OBJECT for Danier clutch / Cole Haan shoes / Prada sunglasses / MAKE UP FOR EVER make-up
It’s been a year now since the acquisition of my beloved Charlotte Olympia fruit pumps, and they still make my heart go pitter-patter every time I see them. So much so that when I happily took them out for their first outing this year (this winter shoot for Flare.com notwithstanding), I didn’t notice at first that they didn’t quite fit.
It had slipped my mind that when I purchased them last summer, I’d had to buy them a half-size (or was it a full size?) too large; I’d waited patiently until they were finally marked down and by then that was all that was left on the sale rack. Having to throw a pair of insoles or two into the shoes or do that awful toe-clenching walk you do when your shoes are too big seemed a small price to pay for my favourite spring shoes, like, ever.
Do you ever do that – buy wrong-sized shoes because you’d rather have them fit terribly than not have them in your
life closet at all? Or is that some next level shoeaholic insanity that maybe I shouldn’t have publicly confessed to?
Sonia Sonia Rykiel blouse / Sandro shorts / Prada sunglasses / Charlotte Olympia shoes / OBJECT for Danier clutch / MAKE UP FOR EVER make-up
On Day 2 of World Mastercard Fashion Week, I pulled an ADR. I arrived at the fashion week tents in this outfit and left at the end of the night in this here ensemble. Soia & Kyo had sent over their lush leather ‘Remi’ jacket for me to sport at my front row perch next to Kreesha Turner at their Fall 2012 runway show, so I had to pull a quick change behind some clothing racks backstage in between shows. I have no shame.
Indecencies aside, I managed to redeem myself with a very patriotic outfit. I styled my brand spanking new Soia & Kyo jacket with my trusty orange OBJECT for Danier clutch and my most favourite VAWK skirt. Canadian from head to toe, almost. The shoes weren’t, but they’re McQueen and, well, that’s kind of all that matters.
If you’ve been digging my VAWK duds of late, by the way, you should head to the brand’s sample sale this weekend. You know I’ll be there bright and early, cash at the ready. See you there?
Soia & Kyo leather jacket (gifted) / Zara blouse / VAWK skirt / Alexander McQueen shoes / OBJECT for Danier clutch
I wanted this McQ Alexander McQueen coat sooo badly. I featured it back in November (remember?) when I first discovered it at The White Space at the Bay, and proceeded to visit it many, many times before finally taking the plunge.
It’s one of my favourite pieces right now, and it’s all because of that tail. It serves no real functional purpose, but with it I could be a magician, or marching band member. Or perhaps a girl on her way to a Mackage fashion show. Who knows?
McQ by Alexander McQueen coat / D&G shirt / Elise Overland leather pants / Gucci shoes / OBJECT for Danier clutch / YSL ring / MAKE UP FOR EVER make-up
Back in December, we posted a very colourful sneak peek of George Antonopoulos‘ Spring 2012 outing for OBJECT for Danier. We know you’ve been dying to see the complete collection, so here, finally, is the campaign and lookbook for the fashion director’s second collaboration with Canadian leather retailer Danier.
My wish list for this second OBJECT line was quite lengthy after the preview, and these images aren’t helping to narrow it down. The caramel leather shorts and perforated suede henley are must-haves, so they’re not budging from the list any time soon. The royal blue leather pants are to-die-for and I’m feeling sartorially brave these days, so those are staying on the list too.
I’ve also still got my eye on a second croc-embossed banker’s envelope. The black version from the Fall 2011 collection has become a wardrobe staple, and I need it in white for Spring. Or maybe orange. Or perhaps both? Decisions, decisions…
What’s on your OBJECT Spring 2012 shopping list?
Images courtesy of Danier
Remember that Mugler event I attended at the Bay last month? I shot all the fabulous people there that evening, including Toronto socialites Suzanne Rogers in Givenchy and Stacy Kimmel in Mugler, but failed to document my own decidedly less glamourous outfit. Lucky for me, Jason Hudson, the Bay’s official photog for the evening, was on hand with his trusty camera to do the job.
Jason is, first and foremost, one of my favourite faces to see at fashion events, but also happens to be an incredible photographer. Through his lens, I always come out looking good, and that’s quite the feat. I’ve edited enough of my own photos to know that credit definitely goes to the photographer on that one, and not me!
On this particular occasion, Jason captured me looking rather smart. I’ve got the librarian-type glasses going on and my chic leather banker’s envelope by OBJECT for Danier tucked under my arm. I look like, well, an accountant, which happens to be my day job. In truth, this ensemble isn’t quite office-appropriate, but when 6 o’clock hits, the leather pants – a staple in my other life as a fashion blogger – come out to play.
Check out Jason’s other fabulous shots from the Mugler event here.
Roland Mouret jacket / Banana Republic belt / Elise Overland leather pants / OBJECT for Danier envelope clutch / YSL ring / FALLON necklace / Chanel glasses / Alexander McQueen shoes / MAKE UP FOR EVER make-up
Image Credit: Jason Hudson
We’re not sure how it happened, but the holiday season is right around the corner and 2011 is coming to a close. It’s been quite the year for us, and much of it due to the support of all you lovely readers. We wanted to show you our gratitude and debated different ways we could do that.
We considered inviting you all over for holiday dinner, but we can’t cook. We thought about showing up on your doorsteps with our best renditions of “Jingle Bells” and “I Saw Mommy Kissing Karl Lagerfeld”, but we haven’t enough time to perfect our harmonies. We even pondered – for a split second – opening our closet doors to you all, but that’s just crazy talk. So instead, we’re going to do what we’ve become quite good at – a giveaway! And a big one, at that.
For our very last giveaway of 2011, we’ve put together a prize pack valued at over $300 that includes some of the very best swag we’ve received this year. One lucky reader will receive a very special delivery from Santa’s elves (us!) this holiday season, which will include:
1. Pandora silver oxidized bracelet with shoe charm ($80+)
2. Danier leather wallet in aqua ($39)
3. Nina Garcia‘s Look Book: What to Wear for Every Occasion ($23.99)
4. John Frieda Volume Curls 1-1/2 inch barrel curling iron ($32.99)
5. Banana Republic cashmere blend leopard print scarf in brown ($49.50+)
6. Calvin Klein ck one Shock fragrance (50 mL) ($40)
7. Coach Poppy notebook and pencil set
8. Smashbox Step-by-Step Contour Kit ($45)
9. Aromatherapy candle
- To enter, leave us a comment on this blog post with your full name and valid email address and then go ‘like’ our Facebook page here. That’s it!
- For one bonus entry, follow The Backseat Stylers on Twitter and tweet the following: “The @backseatstylers are giving away a holiday prize pack valued at over $300, and I want it! http://bit.ly/sJJJNK #giveaway”
- For another bonus entry, set your Facebook status to “The Backseat Stylers are giving away a holiday prize pack valued at over $300, and I want it! http://bit.ly/sJJJNK″ Be sure to tag The Backseat Stylers so we see it.
- Maximum 3 entries per person.
- Entries must be received by December 20, 2011 11:59pm. The winner will be selected randomly from the submissions using random.org and will be announced on December 21, 2011. The winner will be notified by e-mail.
- This giveaway is open to readers in Canada only. Sorry, international readers; we’ll be sure to include you in the next contest!
- There are no prize substitutions.
Good luck everyone. And happy holidays!
This contest is now closed, and after tabulating over 130 entries, we’ve selected our big winner via random.org. Congrats to lucky #48…Stefani!!! We’ll be in touch shortly about getting your prize pack to you.
Thanks to everyone who entered, as well as the brands and PR folks who landed us these gifts in the first place! Stay tuned for many more fabulous giveaways coming up in 2012. Happy holidays!
xx, T & S
Remember that time Canadian fashion director George Antonopoulos designed a Fall capsule collection for Danier and a certain blogger (read: me) went out and bought half the collection and wore it non-stop all season? Well, I’m living that right now and it’s about to happen all over again. Yesterday, I got a sneak peek of Antonopoulos’ second outing for OBJECT for Danier at the leather retailer’s Spring 2012 preview; not surprisingly, half the collection leapt instantly to the top of my Spring wish list.
Antonopoulos and Danier have, smartly, remade some of the most popular styles from the Fall collection in new material and colour combinations. My favourite leather dress, for example, is being produced for Spring sans sleeves and in the loveliest grey and pink suedes. The croc-embossed envelope clutches are back too, and are as to-die-for as ever. I’ve been toting the original black version from Fall all over town, and now I’m lusting after the orange…or perhaps the white?
I’d normally try to make a case for getting both colourways, but there’s no room for that in my Spring OBJECT budget; my wish list is already quite lengthy. In addition to a banker’s envelope in a yet-to-be-determined colour, I’ve also got my eye on the caramel leather shorts, perforated suede henley and royal blue leather pants (seriously!). Throw in a yellow skinny belt for good measure, too, and I’ve got all my coloured leather needs covered next season. Because, in case you were wondering, coloured leather is a legitimate need (not want), especially when done this well.
So which pieces are you needing from round two of OBJECT for Danier so far?
When Danier recently announced the latest addition to their roster of designer collaborators, Toronto-based Philip Sparks, there was an audible cheer from fashion-conscious men across the country. An accessories collection to call their own, one they wouldn’t have to share with the ladies? Definitely cause for excitement. Today, we got a sneak peek at the collection at the Danier Spring 2012 preview, and it’s everything they – and we! – hoped it would be.
Sparks’ designs for Danier are classic, functional, and downright attractive-looking. “We started with a nostalgic idea of travel and how people once boarded airplanes and train cars with a wardrobe of carryalls, duffle bags and cases,” says the designer. “Then, we updated that mix to include iPad cases and backpacks filled with extra pockets and compartments for contemporary travelers who expect the functionality of five bags in one.”
The results are highly covetable. In fact, I’m disappointed that the collection won’t be available in time for the holidays; a swanky new briefcase would’ve been a perfect Christmas gift for the Mister. Or me, for that matter. Because if the men thought they wouldn’t have to share this collection with the women, think again.
George Antonopoulos and me
You know that feeling of loving a new purchase so much that you want to wear it right away? I didn’t get that with my leather dress from the OBJECT for Danier line by George Antonopoulos. In fact, I adored it so much that I wanted to save its first outing for a special occasion of sorts, rather than just any ol’ day.
After sitting patiently in my closet for a month and a half, my new leather frock finally got its inaugural call to duty for none other than the opening night of this season’s LG Fashion Week. With the Spring 2012 collection from Arthur Mendonça, for whom Antonopoulos serves as Fashion Director, on the agenda, I thought it the perfect opportunity to take the dress out for a spin.
The Alexander McQueen winged booties I paired my OBJECT dress with were also a piece that had a delayed debut after I purchased them last winter. Do you save particularly beloved new purchases for special occasions too?
OBJECT for Danier leather dress / Biko Jewellery necklace / Alexander McQueen boots / Balenciaga bag
Photo Credit: Jessica Chiu